China allocates 615 mln yuan for disaster relief

Added On July 9, 2020

The funds, allocated by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Emergency Management, were channeled to flood-hit regions including Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Guangxi, Chongqing and Guizhou. 430 million yuan will be used for flood control with the remaining 185 million yuan left to help people affected by the disasters. Since June, continuous downpours have lashed large parts of southern China, and the waters of many rivers in the affected regions have exceeded warning levels. To lower the crest of local floods,the Xin'an River Reservoir, an important flood control project, has opened all nine of its spillways Wednesday morning. This is the second time all the spillways have been opened since the reservoir's completion in 1959. The first time was in 1966 for a test run. The Xin'an River Reservoir is more commonly known as Qiandao Lake. It is the main source of drinking water for the province of Zhejiang and serves as a strategic reservoir for the Yangtze River Delta. With all spillways open, the reservoir can discharge water at a rate of 7,800 cubic meters per second with the hydropower station running at full capacity. Local authorities said all residents in the lower reaches area have been evacuated before the opening.